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Jorrit Oppewal

Jorrit Oppewal

Jorrit Oppewal is knowledge broker at The Broker. He holds a BSc in Economics & African Studies and an MSc in Development Economics, both from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Jorrit has several years of experience as a development economist in Mozambique, mostly working at the intersection of research and policy, in close collaboration with the Mozambican government. His professional interests include the political economy of institutions, industrial policy and agricultural development.

Doing what we’re good at, but to what end?

On June 24th, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Liesje Schreinemacher, published her new policy paper, titled ‘Doing what the Netherlands is…

Climate Justice requires a dramatic increase in climate finance for the Global South

The negative effects of climate change are increasingly being felt across the globe. Countries of the Global South, which have contributed very little to the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change, are most exposed to the consequences and yet have the least financial resources available to deal with them. Rich countries therefore have a major responsibility to support the rest of the world through climate finance.

Tough Sanctions against Taliban Undermine Right to Food

Afghanistan is experiencing an unprecedented hunger crisis, exacerbated by the sanctions against the Taliban regime and the withdrawal of most foreign aid. Yet western countries, including the Netherlands, will not commit to additional financial support if it cannot be ruled out that the Taliban would benefit from it in any way.

Africa’s Year of Nutrition: Time for paper tigers to start biting

This weekend, during their General Assembly, the African Union (AU) will declare 2022 the African Year of Nutrition. This attention is very much welcome as it presents an opportunity to link the African objectives of ending hunger and of promoting sustainable agricultural transformation on the continent. Progress towards those objectives has been slowing down. It is clear by now that the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the impact of pre-existing drivers of food insecurity, such as climate change and violent conflict.

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